On Thursday, December 9, 2021, at 10:15, Solveig Nordengen will present and defend her dissertation Bicycling in the right direction? at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NIH), in Auditorium Innsikt.
Based on two systematic reviews, Nordengen and colleagues found that cycling was associated with a 22% lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared with passive transport. In Norway, they found several factors associated with commuter cycling. Travel distance below 5 km, having good health, being physically active, and owning an e-bike increased the likelihood of cycling. Finally, they observed an 11% increase in counted cycle trips from 2018 to 2020, with large geographical differences.
Cycling is recommended as a way to prevent cardiovascular disease and in general, individuals should aim to increase the amount of cycling.
Cyclists have a lower risk of CVD. Cycling is recommended as a way to prevent CVD and in general, individuals should aim to increase the amount of cycling. Both personal and environmental factors are associated with the increased likelihood of cycling. Characteristics of cyclists seemed to be similar regardless of whether they lived in areas with smaller or larger numbers of cyclists. Nationally, the reasearchers observed a significant increase in counted trips, while the regional and local indices indicated geographical differences.
- Cycling is associated with 22% lower risk of CVD.
- Travel distance below 5 km increased the probability of cycling.
- In Norway, an 11% increase in counted cycle trips from 2018 to 2020 was observed.
Read an article about Aksum’s project (in Norwegian only).
Read about Nordengen’s PhD project (in English).
This compilation thesis is available here in full text, open access.
The review committee consists of Professor Grethe Myklebust, Department of Sport Medicine, NIH – chair; Professor Paul Kelly, Physical Activity for Health Research Center, University of Edinburgh; and Professor Sindre Dyrstad, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stavanger.
Solveig Nordengen’s main supervisor has been Professor Lars Bo Andersen, Department of Sport, Food and Natural Sciences, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL); Associate Professor Ane Solbraa, Department of Sport, Food and Natural Sciences (HVL) and Associate Professor Amund Riiser, Department of Sport, Food and Natural Sciences (HVL) have been assistant supervisors.
10:15-11:00 Trial lecture (topic to be announced)
13:00-16:00 Public defence of dissertation
The event is open to everyone in situ, and streamed on YouTube as well.